The first Lionel diesels of the postwar era made its debut in 1948 and included the now famous Santa Fe F-3 along with the ever popular New York Central F-3. In an era when steam locomotives were the mainstay of most railroads -- including Lionel's own motive power fleet -- the move to dieselization was right around the corner. By the mid 1950s, diesel and electric motive power began to share the spotlight with the steamer. With smooth sides and the opportunity to display colorful graphics and logos, the popularity of a diesel soon dominated the world of Lionel.
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